by Max Barry

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Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,968thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,611thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,295th
The Warrior Republic of
Democratic Socialists
We die, so that they may live
Kayla Verdika
Civil Rights
Below Average
Political Freedom
Below Average

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Kathol Rift

Population2.031 billion

CapitalThe Citadel
LeaderKayla Verdika
FaithKandar Legends


The Warrior Republic of Kathol Rift is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Kayla Verdika with an even hand, and notable for its pith helmet sales, complete lack of prisons, and suspicion of poets. The hard-nosed, humorless population of 2.031 billion Kathols are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.

The large, corrupt government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Education, and Administration also on the agenda, while Spirituality receives no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of The Citadel. The average income tax rate is 90.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Kathol economy, worth 275 trillion Chits a year, is quite specialized and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology, Tourism, and Woodchip Exports. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 135,718 Chits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Political gridlock ensues as even the most innocuous legislation is vetoed by the Supreme Court for potential civil rights violations, economists claim no news is good news, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed, and sermons are regularly interrupted by businessmen taking phone calls. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Kathol Rift's national animal is the Thunderbird, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Kandar Legends.

Kathol Rift is ranked 9,973rd in the world and 278th in the Pacific for Highest Poor Incomes, with 98,131.47 Standard Monetary Units.

Most Advanced Defense Forces: 2,968thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 4,611thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 7,295thLowest Crime Rates: 7,422ndHighest Average Tax Rates: 8,259thLargest Governments: 9,434thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,568thMost Secular: 9,763rdMost World Assembly Endorsements: 9,854thHighest Poor Incomes: 9,973rdMost Advanced Public Transport: 10,995thLargest Welfare Programs: 11,015thLongest Average Lifespans: 11,111thTop
Healthiest Citizens: 12,324thMost Scientifically Advanced: 13,341stMost Corrupt Governments: 13,976thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 15,668thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16,088thLargest Information Technology Sector: 17,216thHighest Average Incomes: 17,224thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 17,791stMost Developed: 18,323rdMost Beautiful Environments: 20,199thMost Subsidized Industry: 21,242ndMost Influential: 21,857thSmartest Citizens: 22,059th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 10th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 71st in the regionTop
Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 151st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 191st in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 193rd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 209th in the regionLargest Governments: 221st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 269th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 270th in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 278th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 296th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 315th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 330th in the regionMost Secular: 332nd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 337th in the regionMost Influential: 355th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 391st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 407th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 433rd in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 461st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 464th in the regionMost Developed: 471st in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 511th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 515th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 527th in the regionTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 552nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 628th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 639th in the regionBest Weather: 663rd in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 713th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 745th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 799th in the regionLargest Populations: 890th in the region

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